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Literature and the Political Imagination

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Overview

This volume shows how modern political theory can be enriched through an engagement with works of literature. It uses the resources of literature to explore issues such as nationalism, liberal philosophy, utopiansim, narrative and the role of theory in political thought.
A variety of approaches are adopted and the aim is to show some of the many and diverse ways in which literature may enrich political theorising, as well as considering some of the problems to which this may give rise. The theorists discussed include Richard Rorty, Alasdair MacIntyre, Charles Taylor, and Martha Nussbaum. There are literary references from Greek tradegy, Jonathan Swift, Brian Moore, Elizabeth Bowen and contemporary feminist utopian fiction.
All the contributors have a long-standing interest in the relations between literature and moral and political thought. They are concerned not to be restricted by conventional academic boundaries and are not united by any party-line or uniformity of intellectual commitments. This volume will be of great interest to all students engaged in the study of politics and literature.

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Examines the educational systems of 42 industrialized and developing countries with various political and religious systems. Alphabetical entries describe the history of each country's educational system, its structure, and its multicultural education programs. Of interest to educators and researchers. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415129152
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 3/27/1996
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Table of Contents

List of contributors
Preface
1 Literature, philosophy and political theory 1
2 Taking the narrative turn: what the novel has to offer political theory 32
3 'What of soul was left, I wonder?' The narrative self in political philosophy 53
4 Life, literature and ethical theory: Martha Nussbaum on the role of the literary imagination in ethical thought 70
5 Modes of political imagining 98
6 Literature and moral choice 129
7 The aloofness of liberal politics: can imaginative literature furnish a private space? 145
8 'Breathes there the man, with soul so dead ...': reflections on patriotic poetry and liberal principles 170
9 The idea of a national literature 198
10 The anti-imperialism of George Orwell 218
11 Contemporary feminist Utopianism: practising Utopia on Utopia 238
Index 256
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